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NEWS: Nunavut October 15, 2012 - 10:25 am

Nominations to open for Dec. 10 Nunavut Tunngavik election for president

Manitok Thompson, Jerry Ell, have already announced candidacies

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

People interested in contesting the Dec. 10 Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. election for president may submit nomination papers between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2, NTI said Oct. 15 in a news release.

The election is to fill the vacancy created by the expired term of Cathy Towtongie, who was elected to the president’s job Dec. 13, 2010 in a by-election.

To be eligible, candidates must be enrolled under the Nunavut land claims agreement, Canadian citizens, and at least 16 years of age.

Candidates must file their nomination papers with the NTI chief returning officer no later than 5 p.m. local time Nov. 2.

NTI said candidates are responsible for ensuring nomination papers get to the chief returning officer on time.

“If nomination papers are not received by deadline, a potential candidate will not be permitted to run in the NTI elections,” NTI said in its news release.

Prospective candidates will have until 5 p.m. local time Nov. 5 to withdraw nomination papers.

NTI said eligible candidates may get nomination forms from community liason officers, NTI’s website or the chief returning officer, Adamee Itorcheak.

Itorcheak’s contact information is available here.

The 2010 by-election for NTI president was triggered by a vote held Oct. 26, 2010, at an NTI general meeting, to remove Paul Kaludjak, who had been elected in 2008, from the president’s job.

After winning the 2010 byelection, Towtongie went on to serve out the rest of what would have been Kaludjak’s four-year term, which expires in December.

Between Oct. 23 and Oct. 25, NTI will hold its annual general meeting at the parish hall in Iqaluit.

Two candidates have announced their intention to run.

Jerry Ell of Iqaluit, who finished a close third in the 2010 NTI president’s election, said on Facebook that he plans to seek the job once again.

“I will be calling on family and friends for support and guidance as I begin our campaign. It is with the utmost respect for who we are as Inuit that I am running for president. There are many key areas that we need to collectively work on to keep moving forward,” Ell said on Facebook.

Manitok Thompson, a former MLA and cabinet minister who now lives in Canmore, Alta., has also said on Facebook and Twitter that she plans to contest the NTI presidency.

“I have put the word out that I will run for NTI president, so yes it’s a great day to wake up. I have to do this for the next generation of kids. My Ingutaq’s generation needs hope. We are not second class citizens in our own claimed land — Nunavut,” Thompson said on Facebook.

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